R & D Manager Bakery

The R&D team achieves, maintains and trains best practices in their industrial processes to produce high quality products: bakery, viennoisserie, savoury and sweet bakery. Innovation generates impact. For the international business unit Frozen we are looking for a R&D Manager Bakery in the central R&D department.

Your function

  • You are member of the central R&D team, working closely with the Production Technologists, Quality Managers and Production Managers in the local production sites in different countries. For innovations & NDP you work closely with the NPD and marketing team.
  • You manage 2 Food Technology & Innovation specialists. You are responsible for the pilot bakery related to the product category including the test baker. Indirect you lead the local Production Technologists.
  • You manage them in applying the best proven production & quality practices from ingredients, over processes to end products by giving them your professional technological advice.
  • You build, maintain and spread the knowledge base relevant for the product category. You create training sessions to relevant stakeholders and new trainees on the essentials of the product category.
  • You lead the start up of new technologies (ingredients, recipes, process, storage, bake off parameters) and the creation of new products.

You report to the international R&D Manager in the Business Unit Frozen.

Your profile

  • Experienced bakery technologist with a strong vision.
  • Master's Degree or equivalent in bakery technology.
  • Experience in this field within a context of industrialized processes.
  • Fluently in English is essential.
  • Willing to travel in Europe 40-60% of the time. Location: Erpe-Mere or nearby a production site in Europe (Poland, Turkey, Czech Republic, Romania, Hungrary)
  • Passion to develop top level products and technologies and knowing how to do it.
  • Drive and personality to manage and build relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Experienced in project management: challenged by complexity, getting topics prioritized.
  • Flexibility and agility since you will work in a dynamic environment.

Our offer

  • An interesting career opportunity within a well-established growing and ambitious Belgian family business active in the European bakery sector.
  • You will have real impact on the assurance and continuous improvement of the production and technology experience.
  • Entrepreneurship is strongly appreciated and there is a room to take initiative.
  • The La Lorraine Bakery Group Academy will support you so you can develop your career through various training initiatives.
  • We invest in sport and well-being activities and respects work life balance through 1day-week homeworking and flexible working hours. In this function you will enjoy an interesting financial package, a company car, meal vouchers, hospitalization insurance, group insurance complemented by 30 days of vacation.

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What does the application process entail?

Our Talent Acquisition team will be happy to talk to you about our expert and management vacancies as well as our open positions in our production sites. The steps you will go through during the selection procedure can vary for each position. After an interview with HR and an interview with the manager, there may be a personality questionnaire or assessment centre for example.

La Lorraine Bakery Group does not discriminate applicants based on age, gender, culture, social background, religion. Whoever you are, for us it is all about passion, drive, mutual respect and talent.

Are you interested in working with us? Then don’t hesitate to apply!